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After leaving a violent relationship, Sandra has to rebuild her life from scratch with her two young daughters. She faces many obstacles in her quest to find a safe home, but in the process, she also finds a supportive network.

Sandra is a young woman who has finally left her abusive husband. She moves with her two daughters to a temporary room in an airport hotel, while she tries to figure out how to reconstruct their life. As Sandra splits her days between motherhood and two low-wage jobs, she has recurrent flashbacks of the violence she has been through, and has to keep resisting her ex’s attempts to get her back. With the help of her compassionate boss, she decides to build a house from scratch, slowing bringing together a small circle of affectionate people who support her in realizing her dream. In Herself, the house-building process is an analogy to Sandra’s personal breakthrough towards a new happy life.
Set in Dublin, this dramatic story of abuse is a tragically common one that could have taken place anywhere else around the world. Herself is a warm-hearted film about a courageous woman who realizes she is not alone in the world.


Phyllida Lloyd (b. 1957) is an English filmmaker and producer. She worked for five years at BBC Television Drama, before gaining recognition for her work as a theater director. She became widely known with her two previous films, The Iron Lady (2011) and Mamma Mia! (2008).


2011 The Iron Lady
2008 Mamma Mia!
2000 Gloriana (TV)

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